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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A wandering minstrel, poet, or entertainer in medieval England and France.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An itinerant entertainer in medieval England and France; roles included song, music, acrobatics etc.; a troubadour.
  • n. A juggler; a conjurer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In the Middle Ages, a court attendant or other person who, for hire, recited or sang verses, usually of his own composition. See Troubadour.
  • n. A juggler; a conjuror. See Juggler.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medieval France, and in England under the Norman kings, a minstrel who went from place to place singing songs, generally of his own composition and to his own accompaniment; later, a mountebank.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a singer of folk songs

Etymologies

French, from Old French, variant of jogleor, from Latin ioculātor, jester, from ioculārī, to jest; see juggle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French jongleur. (Wiktionary)

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